Randy Lerner has delivered the news that some Aston Villa fans may have been dreading; Lambert is here to stay.
If Paul Lambert was starting to get itchy feet over his future at Aston Villa then he need not have worried because the club’s owner Randy Lerner has given his support to the under fire manager.
Lambert hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory this season with the club involved in a battle against relegation and dumped out of the two main domestic cup competitions by lower league opposition.
The reason for bringing Lambert in originally was to improve the club’s position from last season when they finished in 16th.
However, it seems as though they are set for a similar league position this time round and if they don’t get out of trouble, as they are out of all cup tournaments, then it’s highly likely that Lambert will be axed this summer.
“In the time that I've come to know Paul, what is clear above all else is his strength of character and belief in his approach to football - It has been rewarding at times this season, although certainly frustrating as well,” Lerner said in a statement.
Lerner finished that statement by talking about Lambert’s ‘continuation of success’ at the club over the rest of the season and beyond.
Odd, it all seems very odd and not entirely clear where this apparent belief and reading of the situation has come from.
That ‘success’ and the rewards that Lerner talks about must be the four wins the club has secured from all games so far this season.
Lambert’s approach to football seems to have led him into making some very questionable decisions this season such as leaving out Darren Bent regularly, one of the most prolific England Premier League strikers in recent memory.
Extremely bizarre considering Aston Villa are the joint lowest scorers at home in the Premier League on eight goals with QPR who are rock bottom of the division. They also have the worst defence away from home with 28 goals conceded, eight of those came against Chelsea in a single match.
It’s now a survival job and like it or loathe it, everyone connected to Villa has to get behind the manager. If the club goes down it will be a massive dent to the immediate future and development of the side.
Villa fans, we’d love to hear your views on this.
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